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Prior convictions can impact any DUI case in Tennessee

A DUI case can be confusing and troubling, as being accused can affect many aspects of your life, including your career, finances and even your freedom. Tennessee takes DUI cases seriously and any prior convictions for DUI can have a tremendous impact on the possible sentence if a case is pursued. Knowing the consequences and the ways in which prior convictions may affect a case is as important as knowing what kind of defense may be possible if you face DUI charges.

First of all, if you are facing a second offense, the state may be able to take your vehicle away. Jail time is also on the table if you have prior DUI convictions. If convicted of a second offense, jail time may be 45 days, which can have a serious impact on your job and family. And, of course, you'll have to pay hefty fines.

Drive-thru incident in Tennessee leads to DUI charges

Not all DUI incidents occur when cars are on the roadway. Driver should be forewarned that DUI charges can be filed when a car is in a restaurant drive-thru. The man involved in the Tennessee incident also had his daughter in the vehicle at the time.

The man was in the drive-thru and allegedly had a difficult time unlocking his door to get outside of the vehicle. He also reportedly did not fare well when performing a field sobriety tests. He relayed to police that he had not been drinking alcohol but had actually taken a sleeping pill. Authorities also said the man had a difficult time answering questions.

Defendants must aggressively fight sex crimes allegations

Being accused of any crime can be devastating and emotionally challenging. However, being accused of sex crimes can pose a number of greater challenges based on how society perceives sex crime allegations. Because of what all is at stake, anyone in Tennessee who is facing charges related to sex crimes should ensure a vigorous defense is mounted to ensure fairness and protection under the law.

The stigma of a charge can ruin a person's reputation regardless of the facts or even before the facts are considered. This necessitates a quick response when it comes to mounting a defense. Part of that defense may include investigating how interrogations may have been conducted. Confessions can be obtained under duress and witnesses or victims may be coached or influenced improperly, especially if that victim is underage.

After passenger dies, driver charged with vehicular homicide

A drunk driving accident is serious under any circumstances, even more so when an injury or a death of an innocent person is involved. In one recent Tennessee wreck, a passenger in a vehicle died after the driver crashed the vehicle. The driver now faces drunk driving and vehicular homicide charges due to the incident.

The driver of the vehicle was headed southbound on Interstate 240 in Memphis, Tennessee. The car spun around after he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle then struck a tree, continued in a southerly direction and the hit another tree along the roadway before coming to a rest. Reportedly, the driver attempted to pull the passenger from the wreckage before help arrived at the scene. Despite that attempt and help from arriving first responders, the passenger in the wrecked car lost her life.

Man known in cyber circles faces drunk driving charges

Any incident involving suspicion of drunk driving can be further complicated if there are any other substances involved or the presence of weapons. A man well-known in the world of cyber security was recently arrested in Tennessee on drunk driving charges and also for having a handgun with him while DUI. The incident took place during a recent weekend.

While police did not discuss the details of the incident, the accused man apparently posted about it on social media. He reportedly admitted to driving under the influence of the prescription drug Xanax. As for the gun he had at the time, he says he always has it and that it was legal to carry and possess but for the DUI charge.

Many factors can impact results of field sobriety tests

A field sobriety test can lead to an arrest, and the results can be used in court. This means the results can weigh heavily on your fate and you may lose your license, have to pay fines and suffer the other negative impacts of having a criminal record. Because of what is at stake, Tennessee citizens who partake in field sobriety tests at the request of a police officer should understand what outside factors may impact the results and how they may form part of a defense strategy when challenging a drunk driving charge.

Not everyone is physically fit enough to take a field sobriety test and have it accurately measure a level of intoxication. Painful conditions or physical problems like back and knee pain or injuries can make some of the field sobriety test activities impossible to accomplish. Weight can also be a determining factor when it comes to "successfully" completing a field sobriety test. Being more than 50 pounds overweight can make the requests difficult or even unattainable.

Teenager in Tennessee facing drunk driving charges

An accident or unusual situation can lead to more serious charges if police suspect a driver may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If the driver is underage, those charges may be compounded and further impact the future of a teenager. Recently, a teen driver in Tennessee was arrested and faces drunk driving charges and other accusations as well.

Police were alerted to the teen and apparently found him sitting at a traffic light. A phone call from a concerned citizen about the condition of the driver prompted them to the area where they found the 19-year-old male. The car he was was damaged. The teen was not able to tell police what the damage was from or where he had been.

Man with kids in car faces DUI charges in Tennessee

DUI charges can lead to penalties that are dependent on the number of times a person has been convicted of DUI. Other factors can possibly play a role and lead to an upgrade of charges or increased possible penalties. One factor that can impact DUI charges in Tennessee is if there are minor children in the vehicle at the time of the incident. Recently in Tennessee, a man was arrested for DUI while he had two children in his pickup truck with him.

The incident started when police saw the man make what they say was an illegal crossing on the highway. The vehicle was pulled over by the police. The officer reported that the man had red eyes and that there was the smell of what was believed to be marijuana. There were also two children inside the vehicle. The children inside were a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old.

Man charged with vehicular homicide after hit and run accident

The events that cause a car accident can lead to criminal charges, as can the events that happen after a crash. One recent car accident in Tennessee led to vehicular homicide charges against a man. However, the events in the aftermath of the accident led to charges against a few family members, including his wife.

The incident unfolded as a vehicle operated by a 40-year-old man allegedly hit a mother and daughter who were walking along a road. After being transported to a medical facility, the 37-year-old mother was in serious condition. The 16-year-old daughter died as a result of the accident. The man allegedly abandoned the car at the scene and fled.